Kilmadock Development Trust
Kilmadock Development Trust has identified a number of aims and objectives to provide strategic direction for the Trust. The primary objective is to provide a range of facilities, activities and events to recognise and meet the diverse needs of the community and to support and develop the social and economic infrastructure. Supporting this will be a number of initiatives that will cover the following areas:
healthy living and well being, community safety, conservation of local environment, promotion of local history and heritage, employment and local trade and business, tourism and children and young people.
A range of outline proposals has been developed already to achieve these aims and objectives. These cover a wide range of issues which have been highlighted in a local needs analysis. The following section puts the proposals into context:
The Strategy comprises a number of individual projects. However, the importance of the Strategy is seeing all of these projects together contributing to the future structure and social and economic sustainability of the Doune and Deanston communities. The whole is far greater than the individual parts and this is the way the Strategy should be viewed.
The Information Centre continues to diversify uses for the community and visitors including the information service, community learning, Doune and Deanston Youth Project, police surgeries, meeting space for the Kilmadock Society and the Bridge and provision of Public Internet access points. New income-generating activities have been introduced e.g. rental of office accommodation to support the economic sustainability of the Trust. Significantly, visitor numbers are increasing and over 8500 visits have been recorded since the Information Centre opened in December 2000. A redesign of the layout of the Centre is currently being considered to maximise potential usage. The possibility of installing a cash machine is also being investigated.
Deanston Village Hall/changing accommodation
Deanston is one of the few communities in Scotland not to have its own village hall. The historic reason for this appears to be that the cotton mill (now distillery) had provided many of the village's social amenities and when it went so did the facilities – never to be replaced.
The lack of a village hall is a major barrier to social integration within the community - there is no forum of any kind that allows the people of the original Deanston to mix with the influx of new families now resident in 'Deanston Gardens'. There are few if any social clubs and groups due to the lack of an affordable meeting place and this is felt particularly keenly by the elderly and the young who have no social forum within easy and safe walking distance from their homes.
The provision of a new hall with integrated changing accommodation would make a significant difference to the community and create a 'centre' which could bring together all elements of the community and make Deanston a better place to live for everyone.
Conversion of tennis courts to multi-court facility
The tennis courts in Moray Park are in a poor state of repair and as a result are rarely used. Provision of a community managed floodlit multi-court facility will provide an outdoor sports venue available throughout the year.
This will support the development of a new tennis club, a training site for Doune Castle Football Club and Doune Cricket Club, an additional facility for Doune Primary School and an outdoor base for Doune and Deanston Youth Project. Sports development opportunities will be provided by the Trust and there will also be casual use.
New community facilities
The proposed Alteration to the Stirling Council Local Plan provides for 'community facilities' to support the increased population from the new housing development at Station Wynd. A modern, purpose built community hall with committee rooms/workshop space would make a significant difference to the social infrastructure of the community. It could provide a venue for clubs, meetings, sports [badminton, gymnastics (for young children), martial arts, keep fit etc], arts classes and community events/activities.
The Trust also believes it would be worth investigating, with Stirling Council, the relocation of the Council library in the Main Street adjacent to and, possibly, integrated with the new hall.
Access to the Countryside
The aim is to encourage more people to access the countryside both for the health benefits to be gained and in order to learn more about the environment in which we live. Access might be by foot, horse or bicycle. An access strategy is to be developed with Stirling Council and local leaflets will be produced.
The Annual Walking Festival will continue to promote access to the countryside for walkers and cyclists.
The development of Doune ponds, all weather paths from the Castle to the village and all weather footpaths along the river are also important parts of the Doune Castle/Village Integration proposal (see below).
Stirling Council, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and Historic Scotland commissioned the 'Doune Village and Doune Castle Tourism Development Options' report from the Tourism Resources Company. The report was published in March 2001. In July 2002, Stirling Council and Historic Scotland met with the Tourist Board and local community (Kilmadock Community Council and Kilmadock Development Trust Ltd) to progress the outcomes of the report.
The Trust has identified local concerns as the speed and volume of traffic through the village, high numbers of heavy lorries, difficulties of crossing the A84 (T) at the Wood of Doune, pedestrian access to Deanston, lack of off-street car parking and the need for affordable public/community transport.
Workshop space/business units
The creation of workshop space and business units locally is seen as essential to the economic prosperity of Doune and Deanston. Provision of these will ensure continuing employment opportunities locally which in turn will support existing local traders. Doune and Deanston will continue to be working villages and not 'commuter villages' where people travel elsewhere to work. The development of workshop space/business units at Station Wynd will provide the Trust with the opportunity to develop as a community business.
Doune and Deanston Youth Project
A survey of young people has confirmed the need for a Youth Project to provide not only 'drop in' facilities but also the opportunity to become more involved in community activities and volunteering, to participate in sports development and outdoor exercise and benefit from job training and work placements.
Environmental improvements covers a number of areas previously identified in consultations – floral displays, landscaping, conservation, recycling and cleanliness of the villages. Environmental improvements can also involve the whole community – the Business Association, Primary School, local clubs and organisations and individuals.
The environmental improvements proposed will complement a number of other elements within the Strategy e.g. Castle/Village Integration and Access to the Countryside. Development will take place on an incremental basis.
Funding was received from the National Lottery Community Fund to support the appointment of a Development Manager and from various sources such as National Lottery Awards for All, Lloyds TSB Scotland and the Tudor Trust for the rental and maintenance of the Kilmadock Information Centre. Two Public internet access computers have been obtained from the Scottish Executive to support the work of the Centre and other income has been generated through rental, lets and sales of books, maps etc.
To implement the above programme significant inward investment will be required and this will be time consuming. Major sources of funds will continue to be the National Lottery – an initial bid for funds from the New Opportunities Fund has already been made to convert the tennis courts - and Trusts such as Lloyds TSB. Under the most recent programmes, European funding will be available to our communities which will be a big plus. There is also the possibility of 'windfall' income to the community from the proposed wind farm.
For further information, contact:
Kilmadock Development Trust
52, Main Street
Tel: 01786 841250
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